For Current MS in Statistics and Data Science Students
Please note, these web pages are for the MS in Statistics and Data Science program students.
If you are an Ad Hoc MS in Applied Statistics program student please see https://statistics.northwestern.edu/graduate/ad-hoc-ms-degree/index.html for the information pertaining to your program.
The MS in Statistics and Data Science program
The Department of Statistics and Data Science at Northwestern University offers a program leading to an M.S. in Statistics and Data Science degree.
The mission of the M.S. in Statistics and Data Science program is to provide students with comprehensive training in advanced theory and methodology in statistics and data science, and exposure to cutting-edge research or collaborative experience to practical applications of statistics and data science. It prepares students for careers as a professional statistician or data scientist for industry, government, as well as for the non-profit sector. It also prepares students with rigorous training for doctoral study in statistics, data science or other related fields.
The MS in Statistics and Data Science Program offers two tracks:
- Coursework of 12 units + MS Qualifying exam
- Coursework of 12 units + MS Qualifying exam + Optional MS thesis
Both tracks require a minimum of 4 quarters of residency (not including summer), while students on thesis track may need 5-6 quarters or longer to complete their degree. The degree for both tracks must be completed within two years (i.e., Fall of Year 1 to Summer of Year 2).